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Psalm 4561

For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;”62 by the Korahites, a well-written poem,63 a love song.

45:1 My heart is stirred by a beautiful song.1

I say, “I have composed this special song2 for the king;

my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe.”3

45:2 You are the most handsome of all men!4

You speak in an impressive and fitting manner!5

For this reason6 God grants you continual blessings.7

45:3 Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior!8

Appear in your majestic splendor!9

45:4 Appear in your majesty and be victorious!10

Ride forth for the sake of what is right,11

on behalf of justice!12

Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts!13

45:5 Your arrows are sharp

and penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies.

Nations fall at your feet.14

45:6 Your throne,15 O God, is permanent.16

The scepter17 of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.

45:7 You love18 justice and hate evil.19

For this reason God, your God20 has anointed you21

with the oil of joy,22 elevating you above your companions.23

45:8 All your garments are perfumed with24 myrrh, aloes, and cassia.

From the luxurious palaces25 comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy.26

45:9 Princesses27 are among your honored guests,28

your bride29 stands at your right hand, wearing jewelry made with gold from Ophir.30

45:10 Listen, O princess!31

Observe and pay attention!32

Forget your homeland33 and your family!34

45:11 Then35 the king will be attracted by36 your beauty.

After all, he is your master! Submit37 to him!38

45:12 Rich people from Tyre39

will seek your favor by bringing a gift.40

45:13 The princess41 looks absolutely magnificent,42

decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold.43

45:14 In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king.

Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her,

are led before you.44

45:15 They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession

and enter the royal palace.45

45:16 Your46 sons will carry47 on the dynasty of your ancestors;48

you will make them princes throughout the land.

45:17 I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years,49

then the nations will praise you50 forever.


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